Re: Parking Issue


Steve Reilly
 

Thanks Ray,

 

I do indeed stand corrected. But then why is the option to unpark active? That’s confusing.

 

-Steve

 

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ray Gralak
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:15 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking Issue

 

Steve,

 

> Have another look at the screen shot and APCC. Does APCC not have Unpark as

> being Active choice and Park greyed out (inactive)?

 

That's not the park status. See this portion of your screenshot:

 

 

-Ray Gralak

Author of PEMPro

Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro

Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

 

> -----Original Message-----

> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Reilly

> Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 8:43 AM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking Issue

>

> Ray,

>

> Have another look at the screen shot and APCC. Does APCC not have Unpark as

> being Active choice and Park greyed out (inactive)?

>

> Mike I purposely left it as is for now in case there was a need for remote

> login to investigate. In previous occurrences I could indeed park the mount

> via the ASCOM Park command but that doesn't help understand the cause of

> this situation and offer any solutions so I left it as is after closing the

> roof for safety reasons. I had hoped there might be some procedure to try

> before resetting things.

>

> -Steve

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ray Gralak

> Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:51 AM

> To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Parking Issue

>

> Hi Steve,

>

> > This is a recurring problem that I've often blamed on ACP but am

> > rethinking this as the screen shot shows ACP attempting to park, the ASCOM

> driver says it's parking, and APCC says it is parked.

>

> Your screenshot shows the mount is unparked, with tracking stopped,

> according to APCC.

>

> There's no way to know for sure what happened from a screenshot, but because

> the mount is not parked, the driver cannot indicate that the mount has

> completed parking.

>

> -Ray Gralak

> Author of PEMPro

> Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center):

> https://www.astro-physics.com/apcc-pro

> Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver:

> https://www.siriusimaging.com/apdriver

>

> > -----Original Message-----

> > From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf

> > Of Steve Reilly

> > Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 6:28 AM

> > To: main@ap-gto.groups.io

> > Subject: [ap-gto] Parking Issue

> >

> > This is a recurring problem that I've often blamed on ACP but am

> > rethinking this as the screen shot shows ACP attempting to park, the

> > ASCOM driver says it's parking, and APCC says it is parked. I'm

> > guessing that ACP gets the information from the ASCOM driver so yes,

> > it actually isn't parked. This is a rare problem but when it happens,

> > once long enough to have let rain fall on the equipment, it causes

> > real problems. The mount must be parked before my roof can close so

> > using a direct close on moisture reading can't work. I had hoped to

> > find a solution but I don't see this now. The screen capture shows the

> roof closed only because I closed it using the close command in AstroMC and

> the mount was already in the Park 4 position and had been since 0623. The

> last image had downloaded at 0531 and the shutdown script was executed at

> 0623 if I remember correctly. It was a brief notification from Windows 10

> but those were cleared after reading. Not sure if any record is made of

> those.

> > ACP doesn't have a shutdown record as it seems that is made after it

> > completes which it didn't. If there is a log somewhere else to backup

> > this event I'm unaware. Maybe APCC can pinpoint the time as it seems to

> show the mount parked?

> >

> >

> >

> > Anyway the issue remains, the roof was wide opened, scope was in the

> > Park 4 position, my inline Microswitches wired in series were both

> > closed (continuity signal to the relay) proving a safe position for

> > the roof to close, the roof was manually directed to close in AstroMC

> > which it did successfully, and yet ACP still shows the mount as "Parking"

> as does the ASCOM driver but not APCC. The difference is that ASCOM and APCC

> show the mount at the parked position whereas ACP shows what I assume is the

> position it was prior to being commanded to park.

> > So the question is, where is the log jam and who is responsible for the

> stall? How can I prevent this?

> >

> >

> >

> > I hopefully will have Good Night System fully configured today but

> > that only notifies me via smart phone of these failures if  I set it up

> correctly and I have cell signal. It doesn't correct anything. The system is

> still in this "Parking"

> > phase and I'll leave it like that hoping that Bob Denny or other

> > person has some idea to tracing the problem. I can stop this and power

> > everything off and start from scratch with a startup script run but

> > that only puts me back at square 1 and doesn't identify the problem. Is it

> a communication issue where a request is sent and waits forever and if so

> why can't there be a reasonable time restriction before another request is

> sent or other action is taken?

> >

> >

> >

> > Wide open to ideas/suggestions.

> >

> >

> >

> > -Steve

> >

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